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Boris Konstantinovich Zaitsev


Boris Zaitsev, USSR Author.


Zaitsev, Boris was born on January 29, 1881 in Orel. Son of a factory manager.


Educated at Kaluga. Studied at Moscow University and at the Moscow Mining Institute.


First appeared in print, 1901. Became a member of the Sereda circle in Moscow. A lyrical writer in the Turgenev and Chekhov traditions, soon attracted attention by his short stories and novels.

Military service during World War I. Despite his gentle nature, became a resolute opponent of Bolshevism. During the revolutionary years, organized the Writers’ Shop in Moscow, where writers could sell their books. First president of the Russian Writers’ Union, 1921.

Allowed to go abroad for health reasons, 1922. Lived in Berlin, travelled in Italy, settled in France, 1924. Chairman of the Union of Russian Writers and Journalists in Paris.

Wrote novels (Zolotoi Uzor, Golubaia Zvezda, Dom v Passy) and biographies (Zhukovskii, Turgenev, Chekhov). Close to Bunin, after whose death he remained for many years the most outstanding survivor of classical Russian literature abroad. Translated Dante and Flaubert into Russian.

Memoirs published after World War II.